Getting Ready for Sunday March 22nd at The Crossing

Prepare

Worship on a Sunday starts before Sunday morning. That’s true not just for the band and the pastor and tech crew but for all of us. When you prepare ahead of time, you are getting yourself in the right frame of mind and heart. It gives you a chance to read the Bible passage in advance, see the song list, and get yourself ready. You can see some of the rationale here.

Charles Anderson continues our sermon series in 1 Corinthians this week with a sermon entitled “What’s on Your Head?” from 1 Corinthians 11:2–16. The Scripture reads:

2 Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. 3 But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, 5 but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. 6 For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head.

7 For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. 9 Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels (* or messengers). 11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; 12 for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.

13 Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, 15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. 16 If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.

This is a tough passage—it’s tough because it’s not crystal clear at every point what Paul means, and it’s tough because it’s out of step with much of our contemporary culture. It makes assertions about men and women which don’t sit easily at home today. How do we understand this as God’s Word to them and to us? What might God be saying to us as men and women to encourage and challenge us in how we live for his glory? Join us Sunday to explore these significant yet tricky questions.

Here’s our song list for this Sunday (with links to lyrics and music).

We sing for the second time this week “Grace Alone,” by Dustin Kensrue (who has written other songs we’ve been doing recently, including, “My One Comfort” and “It is Finished”). It’s a great song that reminds us that God is responsible for our salvation; it’s not our doing. Watch here for Kensrue talking about the song.

All Creatures of our God and King [lyrics; listen] – words by Francis of Assisi; translated by William Draper; music from “auserlesen Catholische Geistliche Kirchegesange;” additional chorus by David Crowder

He is Yahweh [lyrics and listen] – Dean Salyn

He Holds All Things [lyrics and listen] – David A. Cover, Patrick Miller, Christine Cover, Andrew Camp, Andrew Luley, and Scott Johnson

Grace Alone [lyrics; listen] – Dustin Kensrue

I’m Yours [lyrics; listen] – Asher Seevinck and Dave Wilton

All I Have is Christ [lyrics and listen] – Jordan Kauflin

Doxology [lyrics and listen] – words by Thomas Ken; music from Old 100th, Genevan Psalter, attributed to Louis Bourgeois; arranged by David A. Cover and Christine Cover

See you on Sunday!

2 Comments

  1. Gina Belt said:

    I really enjoyed the sermon Charles, thank you!

  2. Tuesdee Dawkins said:

    What was the name of the video that was shown on Sunday? I’m wanting to share it with my bible study group. Thanks, Tuesdee Dawkins

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